Oct. 21, 2021
The story behind the Civic Center mural
You may have noticed an attractive new feature of the Marysville Civic Center currently under construction. Installed on the building’s west side in mid-October, it celebrates our city’s link to the natural environment.
How was this mural design selected? It started with a public call for submissions back in January, searching for an artist to design and create original artwork that represents the unique character of our city. Marysville’s natural assets include easy access and scenic view of mountains, trees, river and delta lands. The goal was to find a design to complement the city’s natural beauty and the Northwest architectural style of the Civic Center.
A selection committee reviewed the mural design submissions and selected the art piece for display outside the new Civic Center.
The chosen selection was created by Jack Gunter, a prominent Pacific Northwest artist, writer and antique dealer specializing in the 20th century decorate styles. Self-taught using the ancient technique of egg tempera painting, Gunter exhibited his works in several New England museums and in an Andrew Wyeth and Family show in the Sharon (N.H.) Arts Center in 1979. That year a studio fire claimed all of his existing paintings and landed him in Washington State with a pickup truck, his dog and the clothes on his back. Since moving to Camano Island, he has created over 1,000 additional paintings.
The mural was installed by hand with individual tiles earlier this month, and captured on video.
The new Civic Center will open in stages and be fully open to the public in mid-2022. It will consolidate most city services onto one modern, energy-efficient facility housing Police, Jail, Municipal Court, City Council chambers, City Hall, Community Development and Public Works Engineering offices. This will offer residents and visitors a one-stop-shop for city customer service functions and an attractive new public amenity in Marysville's downtown core.
(Photo courtesy: Mark James)
Oct. 5, 2021
Korean business leaders visit Cascade Industrial Center
A Korean organization that supports small- and medium-sized enterprises and startups and helps them form partnerships to grow internationally visited the Cascade Industrial Center last month. Leaders from KOSME (Korea SMEs and Startups Agency) and Snohomish County, Marysville and Arlington also signed a memorandum of understanding at the Snohomish County campus in Everett.
City Council President Kamille Norton said, "The opportunities for Korean companies entering the U.S. market are abundant here. The cities of Marysville and Arlington have worked for many years to designate this special place with more than 4,000 acres of manufacturing and industrial-zoned land."
"The City of Marysville is extremely humbled to be part of an exciting collaboration with the Korean SMEs and Startups Agency,” Mayor Jon Nehring said. “We look forward to working with the agency on successfully landing Korean companies at the CIC and supporting their growth here.”
Marysville celebrates new connection to Centennial Trail
Aug. 17, 2021
Construction project to improve local fish passage, boost development at Cascade Industrial Center
It’s oh-fish-ial! Construction is current-ly underway along State Route 531 in Marysville, but the work isn’t just focused on development. It will help fish populations too, building a fish-passable culvert beneath 152nd Street NE.
The Edgecomb Creek relocation and 152nd Street culvert projects will open up development options for the Cascade Industrial Center and reroute Edgecomb Creek. Moving the creek will mean restoring it to a more natural state, improving passage for migratory fish like steelhead trout, cutthroat trout, chum salmon and coho salmon.
The Work Being Done
By realigning Edgecomb Creek, two culverts that were once barriers to fish passage are being replaced, moving the creek so it no longer crosses under SR 531. Adding a new culvert allows the creek to flow more naturally, giving migratory fish access to another two miles of habitat.
Helping Migratory Fish
Salmon and other migrating fish need access to freshwater habitats for spawning, getting there after a journey through oceans and rivers spanning thousands of miles. Barriers like dams and culverts have contributed to the decline in fish populations.
Fish Passage Improvements in Washington State
The effort to improve fish passage is not only underway in Marysville, it’s also happening across Washington State, with plans to replace close to 1,000 culverts to improve fish passage under state roads. The Washington State Department of Transportation has been removing fish barriers caused by culverts under state highways since 1991. Since that time, WSDOT has completed 364 fish passage projects statewide, opening up 1,215 miles of habitat stream.
Click on the interactive map below to see where fish passage projects stand across the state, and which ones have been completed.
Focusing on Marysville, you can see one of the SR 531 project sites marked in orange, meaning there is a partial blockage. Slightly to the right, a location marked in green means the barrier has been corrected. To the right of that marker, a red dot means fish passage there is totally blocked.
Economic Development: What this project means for local jobs
Along with restoring natural fish habitat, relocating Edgecomb Creek will bring more development opportunity to the Cascade Industrial Center in Marysville and Arlington. Moving the creek parallel to the BNSF railroad spur will improve business access to resources. As part of its development permit, NorthPoint Development will relocate Edgecomb Creek, with plans to construct several industrial buildings at the Cascade Industrial Center over the next 10 years. City officials expect to add 20,000 more family-wage jobs in the industrial center over the next decade, helping residents work close to home and boosting the local economy.
During critical construction phases, traffic will be rerouted near the Edgecomb Creek project site. Road closures of 152nd Street Northeast are currently underway through Aug. 27. Detours are in place and Strawberry Fields remains open and accessible via 67th Avenue Northeast. During construction, 152nd Street will be widened and the culvert will be wide enough for future plans. The creek relocation is expected to be completed near the end of the September.